“Mission Impossible: Rogue Nation”- Review:

 

In the latest installment of the successful Mission Impossible franchise, Ethan Hunt (Tom Cruise) and his team are tasked with having to take down the syndicate, an organization just as skilled as the IMF, is there to destroy it. Simon Pegg, Jeremy Renner and Rebecca Ferguson also star.

Here is another case of small action movie that has turned its 1996 first installment into a multi million dollar franchise that is trying to top the last one, if not the film makers it’s Tom Cruise conquering another mind blowing stunt. These movies (with the exception of MI2) have gotten better as they’ve gone along, the original was a thrilling action film with no gun battles, that built a great amount of tension, the second was just a big bombastic action film with crazy motorcycle chases and an opening scene that consists of Cruise scaling a mountain like a rock climber. After a six year break MI3 was a sweet surprise with Philip Seymor Hoffman delivering a great villainous performance, and got the franchise back on track. The fourth, Ghost Protocol brought the franchise back to basics, while Cruise scales the tallest building in Dubi.

For all the money this franchise spends, it’s not on stuntmen. I’m a massive Tom Cruise fan, and love theses films. Ghost Protocol was one of the best films of 2014 and had everyone clamoring for more Mission Impossible, so here we are. The fifth installment staring us in the face, as Tom Cruise is holding on for dear life on the side of an airplane. Will this take the franchise to new heights?

Talk about a franchise that keeps outdoing itself. Christopher McQuarrie absolutely raised the stakes, writing and directing this movie. He is one of the stars of the film along with the obvious, Tom Cruise is Ethan Hunt. The whole embodiment of that character is who Tom Cruise is. Fearless leader, and caring friend to those he is looking after. I could watch Cruise in this role until he literally can’t do it any longer. When will that be? Who knows because he is in even better shape in this one than he was in Ghost Protocol.

The story here is also very strong, the IMF has been disavowed and have to come back together to take out the syndicate, or the anti IMF. The story is layered and as it goes along you uncover more and more things that just floor you. McQuarrie did a stellar job writing this. I can’t stress that enough. He will go on to do even bigger things in the future, two solid writing credits in a row, lets see what he does next. He also directs this beautifully. The action has you on the edge of your seat from the opening scene until the final scene. Along with that action is a very great deal of tension that is brought about in those scenes. I didn’t know what was going to happen next and I credit him for that.

The supporting cast of characters starting with Ving Rhames’s Luther Stickell. The only other MI staple as the franchise has gone on. I’m glad that he has more to do here. He really begins to have a really protective eye over Ethan. Like in a fatherly way. That was cool to see. The family dynamic really is hammered home with Benji (Simon Pegg) and Brandt (Jeremy Renner). They really are going to do whatever it takes to keep Ethan alive and it really shows. Both of their performances help this film go. Benji being the comic relief, who really is Ethan’s friend first. Brandt tells it like he sees it, while he cares for Ethan, he won’t be intimidated by him.

A new star has emerged in my mind and that’s IIsa (Rebecca Ferguson). She is such a bad ass character and I’d love to see how they handle her in the upcoming sequels. I can’t say enough good things about her, she has that beautiful look that makes you crazy, but once she starts moving and starts kicking ass you get out of the way. She’s going to be a star.

The villain is also the best the franchise has seen. Lane (Sean Harris) is the leader of the syndicate, and his role is prominent, which was a bit of a problem in previous installments. You really understand his motivations and you can see his point of view. With the exception of Phillip Seymor Hoffman in MI3, this is the best villain we’ve seen in these films. Well flushed out to say the least.

The action is great, Cruise has his remarkable stunts like he usually does, and the cast kills it. McQuarrie’s star along with Rebecca Feeguson’s will be on the rise. This is as close to a perfect action film as you can get. Movie of the summer? Of the year? There’s an argument to be made.

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